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The FAO Library was initiated upon the foundation of the Organization in 1945 in Washington, D.C.

It was moved to the new FAO headquarters in Rome in 1951 and merged with the library of the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA). On 10 June 1952, the Library was officially opened and named the David Lubin Memorial Library "in honour of the man whose ideas and energy had led to the creation of the IIA". Today the Library contains over 1 million FAO and non FAO documents, special and digital collections, on all FAO topics, sustaining FAO as a knowledge organization.

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Search the Online FAO Library Catalog to find FAO documents since 1945 (digital and print), non FAO monographs since 1976 and an extensive FAO and non FAO serials collection. To consult the IIA collections and pre-1976 non FAO material, write us at fao-library-reference@fao.org. Please use the E-journals search box to limit your search to e-journals.




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Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

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Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work

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Oxford Classical Dictionary

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